Justice written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the office space owned or leased by his Department is not in regular use; what the total (a) rental and (b) retail value is of all such unused office space; and if he will place in the Library a copy of his most recent departmental real estate valuation.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Details of Ministry of Justice's vacant properties including the tenure, size and availability, are recorded on the central Government property database, Epims. These records are available via the following link:

Information on the retail value of unused office space, including that within surplus court buildings, is not collected centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate costs. The Ministry of Justice is constantly seeking ways of reducing its rental liability. It is currently engaged in an active programme to rationalise its estate including exiting properties on lease expiry or break option if earlier in accordance with Cabinet Office National Property Controls.

The value of the Department's real estate is published in its annual report and accounts.

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